Orange & Cranberry Smoothie

Today I want to share with y’all one of my new favorite snacks. An orange & cranberry smoothie! (Yes, I really do drink smoothies a lot!) I got very addicted to cranberries this past Christmas season, but I am just now getting around to posting some of the yummy recipes!

Orange and Cranberry Smoothie

So, you want a quick, easy and yummy smoothie perfect for before your workout? Here it is! 

Orange & Cranberry Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 orange
1/4 cup cranberries (I used frozen)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop Young Living or Trim Healthy Mama‘s protein powder (those are my favorites!)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or cottage cheese)
pinch of salt
sweetener of choice (I use either 3 doonks of THM‘s stevia extract or a few squirts of a liquid stevia)
1-2 tsp. chia seeds
splash of vanilla extract
3 drops of Young Living‘s tangerine or orange oil (this really makes the drink!)

Orange and Cran Smoothie

Blend with ice and enjoy the energy it gives you!


What’s your favorite pre-workout snack? Here are some of my other favorite pre or post-workout snacks!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter And Oat Energy Bites Healthy and Homemade Trail Mix Overnight Oatmeal

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mommy’s Little Helper

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been MIA lately….but who can blame me? I’ve been spending my days with my sweet man!

Caleb

This is what my wonderful boy does while I cook or clean- play happily! I’m so thankful for these little years! ❤

Cookies

I promise I’ve got some yummy recipes coming up- plus I’m working on a new series for all my THM peeps out there!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Doing the THM Plan

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I am officially ready for our little Caleb to come! It feels like I have absolutely no room left! I’ve been having lots of really hard, strong contractions….so hopefully he’s going to want to come out soon! Ha!

THM Plan While Pregnant

Today I am super excited to share with you why I love the THM plan….and why it’s the perfect plan for a pregnant woman, too.

First, a little about my pregnancy so far….

*When I got pregnant I was a little “fluffy”- not skinny any more, but not chunky yet. I could still fit into some of my 4’s, but I was wearing mostly 6’s by that point. (My lowest was a 0/2).  Here’s a picture of me at 12 weeks…..

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At 14 weeks I got hit with a terrible bout of morning sickness….that lasted until 20ish weeks. I couldn’t keep anything in me, so I just started eating….well, anything that would stay in me. That led to a weight gain of ~16lbs by week 28. That’s not terrible, I know, but I’m 5’1″ and have a thick build- that extra weight was not exactly in my stomach.

So, I started the THM plan. It basically has you eating carbs and fats…separately. An “E-nergizing” meal has protein and carbs, and a “S-atisfying” meal has fat and proteins. There are also “Fuel Pull” meals that focus on just protein and low carbs & fats or there are “Cross-over” meals that have both good carbs and fats together.

From weeks 28 to 36, I was eating either “S” or “E” meals, with a “FP” snack every hour. That kept me full without gaining extra (un-needed) weight. Since 36 weeks I can’t keep a lot of food down, or eat a lot at one time, so I’ve been eating all “CO”s to help keep me full. At 38 weeks and 2 days, I have only gained 17lbs this whole pregnancy and feel SO good.

By eating more “Cross-over” meals for pregnant/nursing mothers, it helps keep (or give) you more energy to get through the day….and we all know we can always use more energy!

Being pregnant in the South….in the Summer….has had it’s difficulties, but having lots of smoothies and swimming a lot has helped keep me in shape, cooled off, and feeling good this whole time. Here are two of my favorite smoothie recipes:

Berry Spinach SmoothieTHM Mock Mocha Shake What else has helped me feeling good is working out….even if it’s just for a short time, or just stretching. It feels so good on my growing body, and it’s helping me stay trim and in shape for after Caleb comes! (I wrote some blog posts on just that: 5 Favorite Pregnancy Workout DVDs and Favorite Workout DVDs for the Third Trimester).

The Trim Healthy Mama plan is definitely not just for women! My husband does it with me, even though he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on his body. I give him just cross-over meals….but he says he has a lot more energy and feels better over-all eating this way.

My “little” brother and also my brother in law are semi-doing this plan along with exercising (they’re both seniors in HS), and my brother has lost around 20lbs and my brother in law has lost over 35lbs. I’m so proud of them both!

If you are thinking about trying out the plan, I would suggest reading the book- at least twice! Then join some of the official Facebook groups for accountability and tons of recipe ideas.

Have you tried the Trim Healthy Mama plan? Did you follow any plan while you were pregnant?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Organizing Your THM Book and Notebook

As I mentioned  last Tuesday, I am loving the Trim Healthy Mama plan. And later on I want to share with you why I love it, but today I am going to just share with you how I organized my book and created a binder for all my favorite recipes from the book and online THM geniuses.

THM Binder and Organizing

This amazing book is a really big book. And it is full of useful information, recipes and even excercises. So, how in the world are you going to flip to a certain section quickly? Well, you can…if you have your book organized and tabbed.

THM Book

The different sections I have tabbed are: “(S)atisfying Explained”, “(E)nergizing Explained”, Breakfasts, Breads, Lunch, Supper, Dessert, Snacks and Veggies so I can find certain recipes quickly and easily. Or, if I want to find a new breakfast idea, I know where to go. 🙂

THM Binder Organizer

Then, for my notebook- I bought a pretty one for about $5 from Walmart and just wrote THM on the front with a sharpie.  Of course, you don’t have to do that….I’m just weird. Anyway, I got page dividers that came with a “table of contents” page for the front. So I made different sections: breakfast, lunch, supper, tips, snacks, breads, desserts, meal plans, drinks and my favorite THM bloggers/websites for future recipes.

THM Recipes

Then, in each section, I fill them up. 🙂 Sometimes I print off recipes from blogs/websites, then hand write other recipes onto that page, or if I came up with it, am copying it from the book, or tweaking a family recipe- I write it onto lined paper. I put those pages in page protectors, because, as you see in the photo above, I tend to spill things on paper and ruin it if it’s not protected….ahem.

Do you do the THM plan? How do you keep your recipes organized and protected?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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